Alberto Contador

Contador evades crash, remains uncertain about form

Already one minute 20 seconds behind chief rival Chris Froome (Sky) in the Vuelta a España, Alberto Contador avoided a further setback in the race on Wednesday when he avoided falling in a big pileup in the finale. “Fortunately, I was able to jump over the leg of a rider that had crashed in front …

Preview: What you should know about the 2016 Vuelta a España

It’s late August, which means it’s time for the third and final Grand Tour of the year: the Vuelta a España. Starting Saturday and running through September 11, the Vuelta is the Grand Tour that attracts the least attention. But with a tough course and a strong start list that includes three Grand Tour champions, this …

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Contador pressing reset again in Spanish Grand Tour: My goal is to fight for Vuelta victory

Seeking to rebound after an illness-provoked withdrawal from the Tour de France, Alberto Contador once again finds himself aiming for Vuelta success to make up for disappointment in France. The Spaniard won on home soil two years ago after crashing out of the Tour de France. He has also used the Vuelta to reboot after …

Contador already back in action on Saturday

Although initial indications were that he would be out of competition for a longer period of time, Alberto Contador is set to return to racing on Saturday. The Spaniard crashed twice during the Tour de France and was far off his best, then abandoned stage nine after contracting a fever. Following that withdrawal on July …

CyclingTips Podcast, Episode 7: 2016 Tour de France, first rest day

In this second podcast from the 2016 Tour de France, recorded on the race’s first rest day, our team on the ground — Matt de Neef, Shane Stokes and Dave Everett — discuss the many storylines to have developed over the first nine days of racing. Among them: Chris Froome’s incident with a spectator, followed …

Oleg Tinkov having second thoughts about quitting cycling

Although Oleg Tinkov has long stated that he will withdraw from cycling at the end of the 2016 season, the Russian is having second thoughts and has been considering remaining in the sport. A source close to the team told CyclingTips on Tuesday morning in Andorra that Tinkov spoke to team staff members on the …

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Tom Dumoulin wins summit finish in Andorra, Froome defends Tour de France lead

Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) triumphantly crossed the finish line alone atop the hors categorie Andorra Arcalis climb in a pelting hail storm Sunday to win Stage 9 of the Tour de France. It was the first Tour stage win for the talented Dutch rider, who now has won a stage at all three Grand Tours at the age of 25. …

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Citing fever, Alberto Contador abandons 2016 Tour de France in Pyrenees

With about 100km and three major climbs remaining on Stage 9, Spaniard Alberto Contador pulled over, dismounted his bike, waved to TV cameras, and stepped into a Tinkoff team vehicle, his 2016 Tour de France over. Contador abandoned the race in his favored terrain; Stage 9, starting in Spain and finishing in Andorra, featured five …

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Chris Froome, daredevil descender? Defending champ solos to Tour de France stage win, maillot jaune

Defending Tour de France champion Chris Froome put on a brilliant display of descending down the Col du Pyresourde to capture the eighth stage of the Tour de France Saturday in Bagnères-de-Luchon and, in the process, the maillot jaune of race leader. The Team Sky leader was unable to open a gap on the climb, so he instead …

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Tinkov, in TV interview: Valverde is jealous of Contador, Europeans don’t know how to do business

In a candid interview with NBC Sports on Thursday, following Stage 6 of the Tour de France, Tinkoff team owner Oleg Tinkov shared his views on a variety of topics that included Peter Sagan’s run in the maillot jaune, the reason Movistar upped the pace on the final climb of Col de Font De Cère into Le Lioran on Stage …

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